COVID-19: More than 10m in UK now had second vaccine jab as pace of rollout quickens

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More than 10 million people in the UK have now received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, after the speed of the rollout of the second dose quickened.

The milestone was passed today after a rapid increase in the pace of distribution of jabs since the end of March, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

It means almost one in five adults in the UK have received both vaccines.

An earlier target to offer a first dose of the vaccine to all 32 million people in the top nine priority groups was reached on 12 April.

More than half of those considered to be most at risk from COVID-19, who are being prioritised by ministers, have received both injections.

Health services across the UK have now administered a total of 43,084,487 million vaccines between 8 December and 18 April, including 32,932,448 million people with their first dose and 10,152,039 million with their second.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Vaccines offer us the best possible protection from the virus, so it is fantastic that 10 million people have now received their second dose.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock added: "This is another terrific milestone, meaning over 10 million people who are the most vulnerable to COVID in the UK now have double protection from this awful virus.

"Second doses are crucial to maximising the strength and duration of your protection from COVID-19 and I'm urging everybody eligible to get their jab as soon as possible.